So lent is coming up tomorrow, February 10th (Ash Wednesday). Just a little background on Lent, it's a Christian observance that lasts for 40 days and ends before Easter. It involves different kinds of abstinence and fasting, so you usually have people giving something up for 40 days. A popular example would be getting rid of meat for that time. Giving up something serves as a remembrance for the time Jesus spend fasting, while enduring the temptations of Satan.
What I remember most about Lent during my childhood, was being marked on the forehead with ash and attending church with my abuela. I also remember watching her tie palm leaf. I think personally, this observance is more of a ritualistic thing for me.
I have been eating less meat recently, but I am thinking about giving up meat completely for Lent and having seafood sparingly.